Rebecca Gernhardt Cox

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Rebecca Cox
Rebecca Range 1987.jpg
Director of the Office of Public Liaison
In office
September 2, 1987 – January 20, 1989
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byMari Maseng
Succeeded byBobbie Kilberg
Personal details
Born1955 (age 64–65)
Mansfield, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Christopher Cox (1992–present)
EducationDePauw University (BA)
Catholic University (JD)

Rebecca Gernhardt Cox (née Range during White House service) (born 1955) is an American business executive and former Director of the Office of Public Liaison during the administration of President Ronald Reagan.


Until the 2010 merger of Continental Airlines and United Airlines, Rebecca Cox was the Senior Vice President of Continental Airlines, Inc.[1] She joined Continental in January 1989, and currently serves as a consultant to United Airlines, the successor company. During her tenure as an executive with Continental, the airline emerged from bankruptcy and rose from being ranked last in every measurable performance category to winning more J. D. Power and Associates awards for Customer Satisfaction than any other airline in the world. As of 2010, Continental was the No. 1 Most Admired Global Airline in rankings by Fortune magazine, and had received this distinction every year from 2004 to 2009.[2]

In 1993, while Cox was a top Continental executive, President George H.W. Bush appointed her to serve as a Commissioner on the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, responsible for the closure of excess military installations. Subsequently, President Bill Clinton appointed her to the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, making her the only person to serve as a member of two Base Closure Commissions.

Before joining Continental, Cox served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Liaison. In this capacity, she was responsible for leading President Ronald Reagan's primary outreach effort to the private sector. She was also appointed by President Reagan to serve as Chairman of the Interagency Committee for Women's Business Enterprise.

Prior to her 1987 White House appointment, Cox served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Her previous posting at the Department of Transportation was as Counselor to Secretary Elizabeth Dole and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs.

During ten years on Capitol Hill between 1976-1986, Cox served as Chief of Staff to the Senate Majority Whip, Ted Stevens, and as a staff member to U.S. Representative John Ashbrook.

Cox received a B.A. degree from Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and a J.D. degree from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, Washington, D.C., in 1981.

Personal life[edit]

On August 29, 1992, Cox married then-U.S. Representative Christopher Cox.[3]


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  2. ^ Bethune, Gordon. From Worst to First: Behind the Scenes of Continental's Remarkable Comeback (New York: Wiley & Sons, 1999).
  3. ^ Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin, 01 Oct 2001, "Christopher Cox: Capitol Hill Intellectual"

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mari Maseng
Director of the Office of Public Liaison
Succeeded by
Bobbie Kilberg